Iterate Labs, which specializes in wearable digital technology for the poultry industry, has raised more than $1 million in seed funding.

Monozukuri Ventures led the investments, joined by Tyson Ventures, the venture capital arm of Tyson Foods, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA) and Ray Muzyka.

“At Tyson Ventures, we are continually exploring new areas of technology and artificial intelligence that can improve the health and well-being of our team members.” said Rahul Ray, Director of Tyson Ventures.

“We believe Iterate Labs’ Industrial IoT (Internet of Things) platform could be a game changer driving real-time visibility, safety and productivity for the North American manufacturing workforce.”

The startup plans to use the funding to support scaling of current customers, customer acquisition and invest in sales and engineering resources for further growth.

“We are beyond excited to have such well-established investors in the manufacturing space join our round. As one of the world’s largest food companies, Tyson Foods’ strong support for their workforce and continued focus on innovation will help us more effectively solve the needs of our customers” said Jason Guss, CEO and Co-founder of Iterate Labs.

“This is just the start of our exciting journey to digitize manufacturing facilities and to enable a safer and more productive environment for our front-line workers. We will be using the proceeds of the round to bring our technology to more workforces, and to provide more value along the way.”

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How the technology works

Iterate Labs produces an industrial wearable that attaches the gloves of plant workers. The wearables monitor and record worker movements, alerting supervisors in real-time if certain motions put a worker at risk of musculoskeletal injuries.

And when not having to deal with injuries, “Processors can work on workforce output, workforce availability and quality of work. If each of these factors can be better managed, then there is an increased output that can be achieved,” Guss shared in a presentation during the 2020 Virtual Poultry Tech Summit.

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